Duane Phifer

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Semi-Retired Teacher

Peralta Elementary School – Phoenix




R. Duane Phifer came to the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education after attending a Summer Institute in 2004.  Since that time, he has been a mentor teacher in 11 Summer Institutes. He also serves as judges for We The People competition, Project Citizen, as well as, We The People 101 one-day trainings. In 2006, he became a Summer Institute Fellow by attending the National Endowment for Humanities’ National Academy Summer Institute, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles California.   


Duane served 3 years as a Master instructor at Chanute Air Force Base where he taught technical reading and instruction on the principles of Aerospace physics and the mechanical equipment related to aircraft system operations.  He received several teaching excellence awards, to include the Base Instructor of the Month for May of 1973. This was followed by seven and one-half years of academic training and policy compliance in the field of Equal Opportunity and Treatment/Human Relations Education at two military bases, until 1987.  In 1990, he studied and practiced the application of civil Law through contract compliance for State Farm Insurance. In 1993, he returned to Germany, where he served as an adjunct professor at the Bremerhaven Hochschule, Bremerhaven, teaching technical English in the Computer Engineering Department.  From 2005 until 2008, he mentored for teacher interns, through block 1- 4, for Arizona State University’s teacher college. He continues to teach Bible school studies at First Institutional Baptist Church where he served as General Superintendent for ministry instruction from 2010 – 2013. He is currently in his 20th year as an inner-city teacher where he will be leading the academic studies for a 5th grade class at Peralta Elementary School in the Cartwright Elementary School District.


He stays at the forefront of the evolving principles of educational instruction and strategies by reading, writing and mentoring new teachers through training sessions at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.